After the earthquake, January 14, 1907 Jamaica, Post Office and Court House

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Title

After the earthquake, January 14, 1907 Jamaica, Post Office and Court House

Description

Postcard shows damage to the post office and court house caused by the earthquake. The 1907 Kingston earthquake which shook the capital of the island of Jamaica with a magnitude of 6.5 on the moment magnitude scale on Monday January 14th, at about 3:30 pm. was considered by many writers of that time one of the world's deadliest earthquakes recorded in history. Every building in Kingston was damaged by the earthquake and subsequent fires, which lasted for three hours before any efforts were made to check them, culminated in the death of 800 to 1,000 people, and left approximately 10,000 homeless and $25,000,000 in material damage. Shortly after, a tsunami was reported on the north coast of Jamaica, with a maximum wave height of about 2 m.

Subject

Kingston (Jamaica) - Earthquake, 1907; Cities and towns - Jamaica; Jamaica - Earthquake, 1907; Jamaica - History - 1866-1907; Historic events - Jamaica - Earthquake; Earthquakes - Jamaica; Courthouses - Jamaica; Courthouses - Jamaica - Earthquake effects; Postal service - Jamaica; Postal service - Jamaica - Earthquake effects

Source

NLJ Postcard Collection IN: Earthquake

Identifier

D0001932

Format

JPEG

Type

Postcard

Citation

“After the earthquake, January 14, 1907 Jamaica, Post Office and Court House,” National Library of Jamaica Digital Collection , accessed July 12, 2020, https://nljdigital.nlj.gov.jm/items/show/266.